Marcussen Teacher Abuse: More Former Pupils Seek Justice

Lawyers Say Number Of Victims Coming Forward Shows ‘Chilling Extent’ Of Potential Abuse


Specialist abuse lawyers instructed by more former pupils of an ex-PE teacher in Birmingham convicted of non-recent sexual abuse have said the growing number of alleged victims coming forward shows the “chilling” impact of his actions.

Legal experts at Irwin Mitchell are now representing 17 people who have alleged physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Marcus Marcussen, 91, who was sentenced to nine years in prison in February 2015 after being found guilty of 25 counts of indecent assault.

During the hearing it was alleged the abuse happened during Mr Marcussen’s time working at Illmington Road Comprehensive School in Weoley Castle between 1957 and 1978, as well as during swimming sessions held at the Square Club.

Mr Marcussen challenged his sentence in a hearing last month, but the appeal was dismissed by judges.

Now, after being contacted by more people alleging abuse by the former teacher, specialist abuse lawyers at Irwin Mitchell have revealed their determination to ensure that those affected are able to access  the counselling and support they need to attempt to come to terms with their ordeals.

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“Both the trial and our clients finding the courage to speak out about their experiences have put a major spotlight on the devastating actions of Mr Marcussen.

“The growing number of people coming forward demonstrates the chilling extent of the alleged abuse and highlights how this is yet another horrifying example of a person in a position of trust or power taking advantage of their situation.

“Such abuse has had a major impact on the lives of victims, often impacting on their efforts to form relationships and in some cases even leading to them considering suicide.

“We are now determined to help those affected to get access to the support they need to take at least initial steps towards making progress to put their ordeals behind them. We would also urge anyone else affected to make their voice heard and ensure they do not suffer in silence.”
Raman Dhillon, Solicitor

Many of those who have now instructed Irwin Mitchell say they only gained the courage to come forward and seek more help after reading the accounts of others who had been affected and seeing that their issues were being listened to.

One man from the midlands, who wished not to be named, said: “I felt a huge sense of relief when I saw that Mr Marcussen had been sentenced and seeing how brave others have been in coming forward gave me confidence that my concerns would be listened to.

“I am grateful for those who came forward to the police and assisted in securing his conviction and sentence, as I have lived with the torment of the abuse for many years.

“While I hope to be able to secure support that will help me deal with the impact that the abuse has had on me, it is also vital that everything possible is done to ensure that other people in the future do not face the ordeals that I and others have been through.”